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Voting in United States

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Am I Eligible To Vote in United States?

In order to vote in U.S. elections you must be:
  • a U.S. citizen.
  • at least 18 years old.

To vote in federal elections you need to be a U.S. citizen and be at least 18 years old, although some states allow 17-year-olds to vote. In fact, the states establish voting rules, including the requirements to register to vote, registration deadlines, and where to send your voting form. Puerto Rico and Other Territories Vote in Primaries, But Not in General Election.

Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.

Voter Registration Options in United States

You have the following 3 options to register to vote in United States:

In Person

Register to vote or update your registration in person at a Division of Elections Office. Or visit a voter registration agency in your area.

Check The Locations Where to Register In Your State


Register to vote or update your registration online. This is available for 31 states plus the District of Columbia.

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By Mail

Download the National Mail Voter Registration Form You can fill it out onscreen and print the completed form, or print the blank form and fill it out by hand. Remember to sign the form before mailing it to the location listed for your state. The National Mail Voter Registration Form can be used to register U.S. citizens to vote, to update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address or to register with a political party.

Check The National Mail Voter Registration Form.

How Do I Know I'm Registered?

Military and Overseas Citizens

Voting Options in United States

You have the following 5 options to vote in United States:

Voting In Person


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Voting Absentee

All states will mail an absentee ballot to certain voters who request one. The voter may return the ballot by mail or in person. In 20 states, an excuse is required, while 27 states and the District of Columbia permit any qualified voter to vote absentee without offering an excuse.

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Early and In-Person Absentee Voting

n 37 states (including 3 that mail ballots to all voters) and the District of Columbia, any qualified voter may cast a ballot in person during a designated period prior to Election Day. No excuse or justification is required.

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Voting By-Mail

A ballot is automatically mailed to every eligible voter (no request or application is necessary). Three states mail ballots to all eligible voters for every election. Other states may provide this option for some types of elections.

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Voting By Electronic Transmission

32 states allow some form of online voting - Twenty-one states + DC allow some voters to return ballots via email or fax. - Six states allow some voters to return ballots via fax - Eighteen states do not allow electronic transmission. Voters must return voted ballots via postal mail: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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